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March 31, 2006

Imperial Palace - Tokyo

Nuala somehow convinced me an early morning stroll around the Imperial Palace would be a good idea...and I am so glad that she did. This is one of the most popular jogging spots in Tokyo. And it is also a beautiful walk if you look at the palace instead of the road. If you are really focused, you can forget that you are in the middle of one of the world's largest cities.

We met at 7am at the Palace Hotel and started off. You should always go counter-clockwise when doing this. I am not sure why, but this is what most people do. It does help that you get the uphill part of the walk out of the way first, I guess. Here are a few shots of the moat and palace walls from the Kudanshita side...

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As you can see, it was a beautiful morning...a bit chilly, but not a cloud in the sky and the cherry blossoms along the way were in full bloom. And at 7am, there was not much traffic, so it was very quiet.

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This could be one of my favourite cherry blossom pictures...I cannot believe that it turned out so well. Too bad it was so early, as this would have been a good place to celebrate o-hanami with beer or sake. Maybe I will go back later...

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It only took an hour to walk around and that includes walking back from the palace to Akasaka/Roppongi. That is Nuala on the left below...I am on the right - not quite sure what I am doing in that picture, but it does prove I was there and not making it all up.

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Thanks Nuala!

Posted by Kirk on March 31, 2006 08:39 AM